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Evacuated animals housed at Nevada County fairgrounds; donations, volunteers needed

Emily Lavin
Staff Writer
Jeremy Phillipson volunteers at the Lowell Fire animal shelter at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Laura Mahaffy/lmahaffy@theunion.com | The Union

A couple dozen pets of those affected by the Lowell Fire are calling the Nevada County Fairgrounds their temporary home.

The effort to house and care for evacuated animals is being led by the Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team. Pat Ehlers, a member of the response team, said the fairgrounds are currently hosting seven dogs, two cats, four horses, one pig, two Highland cattle and 11 chickens.

She said any pet owner who has been evacuated or wants to move their animal to a safer location can utilize the fairgrounds. Ehlers said volunteers are checking in animals at Gate 8 of the fairgrounds; pet owners are encouraged to visit their animals at any time.

“Today we have one set of owners just sitting over with their animals, they’ve been here all day, and that’s fine,” Ehlers said.

Ehlers said “the community has opened their big hearts” and the response team has received several donations of dog food and cat food.

Community members can drop off additional pet food donations at the fairgrounds, Ehlers said; leftover donations will be saved for future emergencies, or sent home with pet owners who may not have food for their animals.

Ehlers said the team has been relying on volunteers to help check in the animals; anyone interested in volunteering can show up to the fairgrounds or contact Ehlers at 530-913-6506 to find out when volunteers are needed.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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